By on May 21, 2021

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After clandestine meetings with Pope Francis, Fisker is reportedly going to develop an electric Popemobile — a term the Vatican has repeatedly asked everyone to stop using. Due to arrive next year, the vehicle is supposed to be a heavily modified version of the brand’s upcoming electric Ocean crossover.

Pope Francis has long been presenting himself as a surface-level environmentalist with absolutely terrible taste in automobiles. He added two Toyota Mirais to the Status Civitatis Vaticanae garage in 2020 while predictably flipping a Lamborghini Huracán (built specifically for him by the company) in 2018. His Alleged Holiness is also said to be partial to the Fiat 500L, Nissan Frontier, and Isuzu D-Max — though he frequently rides around in locally produced customs as a way to ingratiate himself with the masses he’s visiting. Provided they’ve met the needs of the trip and cater specifically to the pope’s preferences, he’s not picky. 

According to Fisker, that meant giving the Ocean additional eco-conscious features like a carpet made from recycled plastic and a solar roof. The automaker was given a private audience with Frances and company on Thursday and the design has been agreed upon for development, according to Reuters.

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While most Popemobiles have traditionally required bulletproof glass, Francis has gone without on several of his vehicles and plans to use plain old glass on the Ocean’s cupola. He claims that he’s not particularly worried about assassination at his age, even though his private security team (the Pontifical Swiss Guard) consists of 135 armed men.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently stated that electrifying the presidential limo has become a priority for Joe Biden. Following his public endorsement (commercial, really) of Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Psaki was asked by reporters if Biden would consider electrifying the General Motors limo colloquially known as “The Beast.”

“That’s certainly something the President has talked about and is an objective for him,” she responded.

 

Considering the car already weighs upwards of 15,000 pounds, it’s difficult to imagine the stretch making it through a single parade before needing to be recharged. There’s also no obvious place to install the batteries as the vehicle is already heavily armored, including the undercarriage where those battery packs would need to be installed.

More realistically, the limo could become hybridized — offering the practical advantages of gasoline while giving the White House an opportunity to pretend it’s done something environmentally relevant by redesigning one vehicle. There are even potential logistical advantages associated with swapping to a hybrid powertrain. But we don’t think Psaki thought about the physics behind any of it and likely just answered the question in the only way that aligned with the administration’s stated environmental and infrastructure goals.

[Image: Lamborghini; Fisker]

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65 Comments on “Fisker to Build Electric Popemobile, White House Wants Beast EV...”


  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Actually, an electric Popemobile and electric Beast make sense.

    Low-speed driving in almost all scenarios with a lot of regen braking going on

    Tons of torque for immediate speed and power if shit goes down

    Less moving parts, don’t have to take armoring key areas under consideration

    Certainly less complex greasy side and easier to armor

    • 0 avatar
      khory

      Depends on battery life. You don’t want to be stuck with limited charge if something goes sideways towards the end of a route.

      • 0 avatar
        Snooder

        Not really.

        The difference between electric and gas is that electric motors don’t use juice while they aren’t doing work. If the car isn’t moving, it won’t be draining the battery very much.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    28 Trillion and counting, but sure *another* armored limousine which they won’t be taking out of Washington if using at all.

    https://www.usdebtclock.org/

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Build a wall! Build a wall! Build a wall!

      When are we getting a check from Mexico again?

      Bigly, yuge, amazing – all 47 miles of new wall built for 3X the proposed budget to build/replace end-to-end.

      Who repainted Air Force One in new livery because of ego? But I guess that was OK too?

      Just read a story the Secret Service is still being charged for real estate at almost 2X the maximum cap at one location, and almost 3X the cap at another. Something that has never happened before.

      Golf clap

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Yes, one party doing dumb stuff with money totally excuses the other party doing dumb stuff with money. While the secret service thing is scummy, most Americans are far more concerned with what they are being charged for a steak right now that what the Donald is charging for space. Time to crack out the history books and read up on “stagflation”.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        So citing the machinations of a narcissist somehow justifies the actions of a supposed adult (well, adult diapers at least) in wasting more money to advance a personal agenda when the nation is already 28 trillion in the hole? Call a spade a spade.

        Also:

        “The new Air Force One planes aren’t slated to be ready for operations until 2024. That gives the new administration time to determine a final paint scheme for the VC-25B and deliver its decision to Boeing, which will then begin painting the aircraft.”

        https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/01/25/with-new-air-force-one-planes-still-bare-it-will-be-up-to-biden-to-choose-between-the-jets-classic-livery-or-a-fresh-paint-scheme/

    • 0 avatar
      Snooder

      Right, cause 1 vehicle is gonna put a real dent in that 28 trillion.

      Meanwhile we slash tax revenues by tens of trillions and thats totally ok?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Right what’s another 5 million for something pointless? We’re screwed anyway.

        Please educate me, what taxes were slashed recently? The inflation tax is through the roof.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    It’s my turn to make the popcorn.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    “Objective” does not mean the same thing as “priority.”

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Great, now the Pope can wait for his vaporware like all the rest of us.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      Why does the Pope have any relevancy in the 21st century? He is mostly known now as the leader of a huge group of child molesters in funny hats and white dresses.
      Looking behind the curtain finds nothing there but a strange, little old man.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Pop-up mini gun can be powered from the EV’s traction battery.

  • avatar
    alfasgofast2

    The Beast should be based on the Tesla semi electric big rig!

  • avatar
    sentience

    “His Alleged Holiness”

    Wait a minute, what kind of garbage writing is this? If you don’t think the Pope is relevant, don’t report on his cars. Don’t use a fluff piece as an opportunity to take pot shots at a global religious leader.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      yeah, it’s offensive. another example of the deterioration of this site.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “His Alleged Holiness”

        Posky’s true colours rise once again.

        Butt hurt that Pope Francis criticized the one shot president’s policies?

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Do we give mega church pastors a pass for hoarding wealth and the like? We do not.

          As such I’m not giving the pope a pass on the church’s handling of the pedophilia within its organization. The 500 million followers of Catholicism deserve better.

          Maybe “his holiness” should read up where Jesus flips the tables of the money changers at the Temple. That’s how you clean house.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Art – I doubt that was in Posky’s mind when he said that.

            It is debatable as to whether or not a current leader can be blamed for the sins of the past. The Roman Catholic Church is a massive organization with 1.2 billion followers world wide.

            In my town there was a case of abuse involving a “brother” and it was hushed up locally. It was eventually dealt with 25 odd years after the fact. I doubt that those lower profile cases ever went beyond the level of Bishop. Does abuse at a municipal level ever get to the President? Most don’t.

            A lot of it was caused by the church’s and societal shunning of homosexuality. On the flip side we see people rise to power for the sole reason of selfish self-serving desires. There was a time when being in the clergy meant you were the most powerful man around.

            It isn’t easy to change corporate/ beaurocratic culture.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @Art: criticism is fine and I agree with you. It’s Poskey’s name-calling that I have an issue with. It also seems to imply other things that may not be accurate. I have no problem with criticism of the Catholic Church. Just as long as it is criticism and not juvenile name-calling (which I know I’m probably guilty of occasionally myself).

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Nonsense Lou. Blaming our politicians for stuff that was put into place long before they came to office is a national pasttime in both of our countries.

            The Buck Stops Here. I don’t blame him directly for the abuse, but the culture that allowed for the cover up? He has been around long enough to be a part of that and hasn’t done much to change it.

            His politics? Meh, what do I care. Honestly Jesus and his followers sort of practiced communisim and just like every other time it has been practiced it failed. Problem is even Jesus Christ couldn’t make it work with 12 followers…Judas just had to have that little bit more than the other 11.

            But I would expect a religious leader to lean that way, especially given the New Testemant’s stance on excessive wealth.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Art Vandelay – I do agree that the “corporate culture” was there for decades and he rose through it.

            Ever try to change a “corporate culture”?
            It’s exceptionally difficult and if you want to rise through the ranks, it would destroy your career. I’ve tried but don’t give a fook about climbing the corporate ladder.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            You know @Lou, if you are climbing the corporate ladder at GE or Stellantis or a normal comapny, sure…I guess I see that.

            But I guess I just expect a little more from a guy and an organization that claims the next rung up on that ladder to be Jesus Christ.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            Art Vandelay,

            “As such I’m not giving the pope a pass on the church’s handling of the pedophilia within its organization. The 500 million followers of Catholicism deserve better.”

            Kind of hard to know how much power the Pope really has. The hierarchy of the church is quite likely so entrenched and convoluted that really changing anything may be next to impossible — lotsa money and power here…

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Who cares about trifling matters like religious belief when you’ve got a culture war to fight, right?

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      Religion is an organized (and in the U.S., tax-exempt) business based on the supposition that there is actually a supreme being and this particular religion is the only true one. Since a supreme being is imaginary and faith is choosing to believe something that is not real, but conveniently reassuring, religion is based on false premises. The Pope is therefore the leader of one of many very wealthy organizations based on fraud. We’ll leave the bellicose and life-controlling aspects of religion alone, since that’s going far afield of the topic of this article.
      Just a little food for thought.

      • 0 avatar
        Old_WRX

        RHD,

        “Since a supreme being is imaginary and faith is choosing to believe something that is not real”

        As far as I can see, the Popes and, for that matter, the Catholic church’s actions have little to do with whether there is a “supreme being”. I understand that many in this day and age are strictly materialistic in there philosophical orientation. The assertion that there is nothing beyond the material is fundamentally unscientific. Science is based on observation. Apparently repeatable observations are formulated into the laws of science. But, since it is impossible to prove that there is nothing beyond what is observable, the only truly scientific stance on the existence of anything beyond the material is that science has nothing to say on the subject either pro or con.

        The antipathy of many who call themselves scientists towards faith and religion is nothing more than a personal, emotion based bias. Ironically some of these materialists seem to think that it is dangerous or objectionable to have belief or faith in anything transcendent — in a manner very reminiscent of religions treatment of heresy.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Instead of using “His Alleged Holiness” use “the Pope”. Less words and more objective.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    This Pope is a politically active Marxist that’s only casually interested in being a spiritual leader.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @crosley – you need to move beyond the narrow constrainted ideology of a Rush Limbaugh.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33024951

    • 0 avatar

      How Pope can be Marxist if Marxists are militant atheists by definition.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Do I have to teach you? you? He is from Italian family in Argentina that ran away from Mussolini. Must be commies. Interesting how Nazis and Commies – both ran into Argentina. South America is a leftist heaven!!

        • 0 avatar

          Mussolini was not a Nazi. He was a socialist internationalist like Bernie Sanders. Western intellectuals hailed both fascism and communism – the workers paradise. In 1922 George Bernard Shaw had welcomed Mussolini’s accession to power in Italy, observing that amid the “indiscipline and muddle and Parliamentary deadlock”, Mussolini was “the right kind of tyrant”

          Mussolini Predicted a Fascist Century: How Wrong Was He? I would say that he correctly predicted 21st century. Only it is the digital fascism now.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Wait, I did not say that Mussolini was a nazi, as I don’t say that Germans were fascists. Actually, Mussolini started socialist and changed clothes later. In fact, he switched masks several times.

            Both, Churchill and Reagan predicted fascism as well. Reagan said that next fascism will be a liberal fascism. And Churchill said that future fascists will call themselves anti-faschists

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Mussolini was not a Nazi”. Correct…sort of…

            He was a fascist and so was Hitler.

            Looks like @slavuto is trying to troll Christians. Calling Christ or the Pope a commie might work on white evangelicals but I doubt that any blog this site.

            Keep with the looser one term cheeto-in-chief. That draws more hits around here.

            LOL

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            In the real electric car news:

            “Elon Musk said on Friday that Tesla was close to establishing a presence in Russia and was looking at whether it could open factories there. “

        • 0 avatar
          RHD

          Nazis are not leftists. Calling themselves “socialists” was intentionally misleading.

          • 0 avatar

            No one says that Hitler was leftist – he was fighting communism. But he was creating the “workers paradise” like Bolsheviks in Russia. That’s why western intellectuals liked totalitarian regimes at least until the Civil War in Spain. But still Stalin remained their hero since he supported Bando Republicano.

      • 0 avatar
        Old_WRX

        Inside Looking Out,

        “How Pope can be Marxist if Marxists are militant atheists by definition.”

        An atheist Pope. What will they think of next? Somehow, even though I’m not Catholic, I find the idea of a commie Pope extremely repulsive and weird.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Pope already has a rare Ferrari #400 out of 399

  • avatar
    conundrum

    I’m agnostic, but by making fun of the Pope and over 500 million people, Posky once again shows us his deep grasp of facts, his prejudices and his deep social awareness. The wonder is why isn’t he running the world instead of writing crap pieces for a third rate automotive web site. Son, only The Shadow knows.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    To those complaining about the writing, I think you should demand a refund.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      I think the advertisers and anyone that loans them cars will have something to say about it.

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        Cancel culture for goofing on one of the most powerful people in the world, eh?

        Be sure to tell our advertisers that I think the pope has terrible taste in cars and is a worse corporate figurehead than Ronald McDonald.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Please mock the children and their cancel nonsense. If they persist with their digital toy hatred, I’d encourage them to cancel themselves with the nearest deadly weapon.

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            I don’t want anyone harming themselves or each other over something as trivial as my suggesting the pope is overhyped and has bad taste. Tough I suppose there’s a lot of historical precedence for exactly that, unfortunately.

            But I would absolutely like to see less hypocrisy in the complaints presented and some more thoughtful debate, rather than this sea of meaningless outrage. Otherwise, I am inclined to agree that these are not serious arguments — nor serious people.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I will add I did nor refer to anyone on this board, moreso the general lunatics of those stupid sites such as Twitter. Their minds have been poisoned and they have been made dangerous to the rest of society, no different than rabid dogs.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @Matt:

            “But I would absolutely like to see less hypocrisy in the complaints presented and some more thoughtful debate…”

            Dissing the Pope in an article about cars is thoughtful? I disagree completely. It’s completely irrelevant to the story at hand. If you want to question the Pope’s legitimacy, then maybe you should start a site called “The Truth About Catholicism.”

            You want to see higher-caliber debate on this site? Try skipping this kind of clickbait s**t.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “If you want to question the Pope’s legitimacy, then maybe you should start a site called “The Truth About Catholicism.””

            Nah we don’t need that, those people already exist:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedevacantism

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Relatively interesting and interestingly relevant:

    https://coffeeordie.com/swiss-guard-300-spartans/

  • avatar
    wolfwagen

    As a Catholic, I hate this pope. Like I hope he gets hit by a truck hate.

    He has stuck his nose in multiple political issues that he has no business in
    (hypocritical to say no wall at the southern US border when his very compound is walled in), He embraces the whole climate change thing including the PCA, not to save the earth but to screw up capitalism. Total silence on China’s human rights and religious issues while hopping into bed with them. His action on the sex scandal was MEH at best. His financial management has been a disaster. I am essentially a CINO – Catholic in Name Only.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    @Matt:
    “His Alleged Holiness”…?

    Is the site THAT desperate for clicks that it needs to diss the Pope? Come on…be better than that.

    • 0 avatar
      285exp

      Why is insulting the Pope any worse than insulting any other politician?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Some people take greater offense to it because he’s the head of a religion.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          What offends me, really, is that this site is going downhill, fast. People have all kinds of legitimate concerns about the Pope, but why is that grist for the mill on a car site? It isn’t…period.

          It’s clickbait bulls**t. And we have that, plus the “news contributor” that prints blatantly inaccurate stuff in incoherent English. Add the idiots being allowed to stick around after endorsing cannibalism, and this place is beginning to take on a really fetid odor. Sad.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I largely agree. From the 30,000 ft. view, both the Secret Service and Pontifical Swiss Guard ordering/talking about ordering an armored EV is automotive related, yet… well we can see the results. I think its a culture problem more than an author problem.

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            I wrote an article razzing Tom Brady and Aston Martin four years ago. It got the same response as this did and pointlessly outraged people denounced me as some kind of unhinged madman because I mocked an advertising campaign and cults of personality. Though sharing any unsanctioned ideas basically guarantees you’ll be subjected to an omnipresent rage mob in 2021.

            If you want to read exceptionally dry takes on the industry, or prefer someone who will just regurgitate manufacturers’ marketing materials without added context, they exist in abundance online. If it’s just me you don’t care for, this very website has several other authors. But I think you just like to gripe online and I unequivocally support your right to engage in that wildly popular pastime. At the very least, it proves you’ve read and processed some of my work.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Poor Matt…You made Sinead O’Conner’s stance on John Paul II look downright hard.

  • avatar
    285exp

    If God hadn’t wanted the pope to have an EV popemobile he wouldn’t have sent us St Elon of Musk. The poor and oppressed will be happy that he will be wafted along in electric luxury while saving their mortal bodies as well as their immortal souls.

    It’s great that Biden can pause from his sincere efforts to unify the country, promoting peace in the Middle East, enabling Putin to build a gas pipeline to Germany, solving the total Non-crisis at the border, and threatening to run over a “journalist” who took time off from licking his boots long enough to ask him a question he didn’t want to answer, so he can get to important matters like an EV Beast.

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